Scary Thoughts From John Holdren, Obama’s Science Policy Advisor

 

John Holdren, Obama's science policy advisor has some scary ideas about climate change, population control and energy production.

“Some form of ecocatastrophe, if not thermonuclear war, seems almost certain to overtake us before the end of the [twentieth] century.”

- John Holdren and Paul Ehrlich[1]

Doom and gloom—and falsification of the same—hallmarks the long career of John P. Holdren, neo-Malthusian and now President Obama’s top science advisor.

It’s Halloween, a good time to refresh memories of the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy who just might be the scariest presidential advisor in U.S. history!

Read—but don’t be too frightened. The sky-is-falling gloom of Holdren, his mentor Paul Ehrlich, and others is in empirical and intellectual trouble. More on that from your friends at IER after today.

Billion Deaths Possible!

“As University of California physicist John Holdren has said, it is possible that carbon-dioxide climate-induced famines could kill as many as a billion people before the year 2020.”[2]

Economic Decline Coming!

“Today the frontiers are gone, and the evidence is mounting that technology cannot hold the law of diminishing returns at bay much longer. Resources being stressed today are often being stressed globally; they will not be replenished from outside the ‘system’.”[3]

Economic Decline Required!

“Only one rational path is open to us—simultaneous de-development of the [overdeveloped countries] and semi-development of the underdeveloped countries (UDC’s), in order to approach a decent and ecologically sustainable standard of living for all in between. By de-development we mean lower per-capita energy consumption, fewer gadgets, and the abolition of planned obsolescence.”[4]

Optimist Not!

“We are not, of course, optimistic about our chances of success. Some form of ecocatastrophe, if not thermonuclear war, seems almost certain to overtake us before the end of the century. (The inability to forecast exactly which one – whether plague, famine, the poisoning of the oceans, drastic climatic change, or some disaster entirely unforeseen – is hardly grounds for complacency.)”[5]

We find ourselves firmly in the neo-Malthusian camp. We hold this view not because we believe the world to be running out of materials in an absolute sense, but rather because the barriers to continued material growth, in the form of problems of economics, logistics, management, and environmental impact, are so formidable.”[6]

Occupy Wall Street!

“[Our] “gloomy prognosis” [requires] organized evasive action: population control, limitation of material consumption, redistribution of wealth, transitions to technologies that are environmentally and socially less disruptive than today’s, and movement toward some kind of world government”[7]

Just Kidding!?

“We have been warned by our more cautious colleagues that those who discuss threats of sociological and ecological disaster run the risk of being ‘discredited’ if those threats fail to materialize on schedule.”[8]

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In-depth Holdren analysis is contained in this essay and summarized in these posts:

John Holdren on Global Cooling (Part I in a Series on Obama’s new science advisor, ‘Dr. Doom’) (December 30, 2008)

John Holdren on Global Warming (Part II in a series on Obama’s new science advisor) (December 31, 2010)

John Holdren on Mineral/Energy Depletion (Part III in a series on Obama’s new science advisor) (January 2, 2009)

John Holdren and Anti-Growth Malthusianism (Part IV in a series on Obama’s new science advisor) (January 5, 2009)

John Holdren on Renewable Energy Problems (Part V in a series on Obama’s New Science Advisor) (January 10, 2009)

John Holdren Describes Energy as “Indispensable,” “Reliable,” “Affordable” (Part VI in a series on Obama’s new science advisor) (January 14, 2009)

John Holdren and “The Argument from Authority” (Part VII in a Series on Obama’s New Science Advisor) (January 22, 2009)

John Holdren in Retrospect (Part VIII on Obama’s New Science Advisor) (February 2, 2009)

Also see:

John Holdren Told ‘Not to Make News’ at Confirmation Hearing (February 12, 2010)

Halloween Hangover: Ehrlich, Holdren, Hansen Unretracted (November 1, 2010)

Footnotes:  

[1] John Holdren and Paul Ehrlich, “What We Must Do, and the Cost of Failure,” in Holdren and Ehrlich, Global Ecology (1971), p. 279.

[2] Paul Ehrlich, The Machinery of Nature (1986), p. 274.

[3] John Holdren and Paul Ehrlich, ‘Resource Realities,’ in Holdren and Ehrlich (eds.), Global Ecology, p. 8.

[4] John Holdren and Paul Ehrlich, “Introduction,” in Holdren and Ehrlich, eds., Global Ecology, 1971, p. 3.

[5] John Holdren and Paul Ehrlich, “What We Must Do, and the Cost of Failure,” in Holdren and Ehrlich, Global Ecology (1971), p. 279.

[6] Paul Ehrlich, Anne Ehrlich, and John Holdren, Ecoscience: Population, Resources, and Environment (San Francisco: W. H. Freeman and Company, 1977), p. 954.

[7] Paul Ehrlich, Anne Ehrlich, and John Holdren, Ecoscience: Population, Resources, and Environment (San Francisco: W. H. Freeman and Company, 1977), p. 5.

[8] John Holdren and Paul Ehrlich, eds., Global Ecology (1971), p. 6.

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Reprinted with permission from the Institute for Energy Research

Comments

  1. Kevin Beck says:

    Proof that if an insane idea exists, there will be a connection to the Obama regime. Holdren's ideas are the stupidest imaginable. How can a person with so low a level of credibility as he be trusted with any title connecting to science? Unless science has been redefined by the Obama regime as "absolute failure to use any intelligence to extrapolate a rational thought." This doofus is an absolute failure from all scientific standpoints, has reached absolute zero in the intelligence category, and is incapable of rational thought. If anyone follows his advice, they deserve what they get. If anyone forces another to follow his thoughts, they deserve recompense for damages.

    • hooodlemm needs to go to China, the world's biggest poluter !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND STAY THERE !!!!! See how he does there!!!!! LOL !!!! LOL !!!!!

  2. Mutantone says:

    Well I do not know for sure But I'll Bet Al Gore and the Clinton's had something to do with his getting the job.
    They are making their predictions come true by enforcing such so called science the CO2 limits enacted by the EPA and now the dust issue raised from farming or all the cattle that make gas. None of their predictions have come to truth

  3. If there is ever a nuclear war it will be because of the EPA !!

  4. WHEN IS THIS INSANITY GOING TO STOP??!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Man, that guy, "hooodlemm", belongs in a padded cell !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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